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Other Boy, The (Andere Junge, Der)

Other Boy, The
Tim Oliver Schultz, Willi Gerk in "The Other Boy" (photo © Josefine Filmproduktion)

A suburb of Hamburg is where the Morells and Wagners live, each a father-mother-son family. Both are perfectly normal families, even at second sight. The fathers have been friends for years and work together for the same company as salesmen for Swedish pre-fabricated houses. The adults meet up on a regular basis to play cards, rounding off the image of harmony and order.

What the parents don’t know: there is brutal, despairing animosity between their adolescent sons. Robert, the younger and also smaller of the two, is repeatedly fleeced by Paul. One day he finds himself cornered by his sadistic tormentor to the extent that he shoots him in blind rage. When the parents have buried the corpse of their neighbors’ son and do their utmost to cover up the crime, a most desperate and drastic tragedy begins.


Volker Einrauch was born in Kassel in 1950. He studied Literature, Linguistics, History and Politics in Marburg. In 1984 he co-founded the production company Josefine Film. Volker Einrauch is active as a screenwriter (Das verflixte 17. Jahr, 2001, and Vaeter, denn sie wissen nicht was sich tut, 2006, among others) and director: The Killer’s Mother (1996), Gangster (1999), and The Other Boy (2007), among others. In addition to his commitment to Josefine Film, he is also engaged in external projects (screenplay for Teufelsbraten and Effi Briest).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2007
Director Volker Einrauch
Screenplay Lothar Kurzawa
Cinematography Bernd Meiners
Inken Gudewer
Halma
Steffen Gnade
Cast Andrea Sawatzki, Barbara Auer, Peter Lohmeyer, Christian Berkel, Willi Gerk, Hinnerk Schönemann, Adrian Topol, Gustav Peter Wöhler, Tim Oliver Schultz, Helene Grass, Carolin Spiess
Producers Hermine Huntgeburth, Lothar Kurzawa
Production Company Josefine Filmproduktion/Hamburg, in cooperation with NDR/Hamburg
Length 91 min
Format 16 mm
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Montreal 2007 (In Competition), Molodist Kiev 2007, Berlin & Beyond San Francisco 2007, FIPA Biarritz 2008, Philadephia 2008
Awards Best Actress (Andrea Sawatzki) Montreal 2007
With backing from Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, MSH, Nordmedia

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